New York Mets’ impressive 21-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario ranks in the top trio of famed prospect analyst Keith Law’s top 100 in the MLB.
Prospect pundits like Law have had their eyes intently on Rosario since his entrance into professional baseball at just 17-years-old in 2013.
But it has taken some time for the Dominican-born shortstop to put on the weight, and therefore strength, necessary to experience his full abilities.
“He has MVP potential as a true shortstop who will be above average defensively and projects to hit .300 with some walks and power,” says Law in his report. “He’ll become a cornerstone at short for the Mets, who have lacked one since Jose Reyes first left in free agency.”
Rosario significantly increased his offensive output between High-A and Double-A in 2016 from the season before, producing 24 doubles, five home runs, 71 RBIs, a .324/.374/.459 line and 13 triples reminiscent of a prime-age Reyes.
Compare that to 2015 at the same two minor league levels and Rosario hit just .253/.302/.329, with no homers and just 25 other extra-base hits. In fact, Rosario hit only five homers during his entire professional career prior to 2016.
“Rosario is still just scratching the surface of his offensive potential,” said Law. “There’s so much bat speed and strength here that he should eventually hit 15-20 homers, but right now, it’s translating into hard contact to all fields.”
Teams have been after Rosario in trade talks all winter, but general manager Sandy Alderson has refused to budge on getting rid of the shortstop, believing he is too important to the team’s future success.
“We’ve made that clear before, and continue to make that clear when his name is mentioned, so I think clubs have gotten the message,” said Alderson.
Rosario is the highest ranking prospect of five Mets on Law’s Top 100, with first baseman Dominic Smith at No. 29, lefty starter Thomas Szapucki at No. 60 and righty starters Robert Gsellman and Justin Dunn at Nos. 76 and 84 respectively.